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The Rock Reviews

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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
May 27, 2014
There isn't a shot, scene or sequence in The Rock that doesn't move furiously, typically with colored lights flashing into our faces or onto those of the actors.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Doug Thomas
Seattle Times
May 27, 2014
You might need to take Dramamine before entering a Michael Bay movie. The one-time music-video director has an annoying habit of finding the tightest shots, editing the heck out of them and scoring the works to loud music.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 27, 2014
For action-adventure fans, it just doesn't get any better than The Rock.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
May 27, 2014
Since the plot is ridiculous, The Rock works best when it's most light-hearted.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
May 27, 2014
If it's not the most awful thing I've ever seen, it's close enough to make me wince.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 27, 2014
The borrowings from other movies, going all the way back to the car chase in 1968's Bullitt, are heavy. But Bay has three leads to lend weight and dimension to characters who are hardly original and flatly written.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
March 26, 2009
The yarn has its share of gaping holes and jaw-dropping improbabilities, but director Michael Bay sweeps them all aside with his never-take-a-breath pacing.
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
September 19, 2008
Slick, brutal and almost human, this is the team-spirit action movie Mission: Impossible should have been.
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Wally Hammond
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Fake countdown and knowing reactionary tone, but the best SF car chase to date.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
June 11, 2002
Even for adults, the movie's a violence-intoxicated, far-fetched, morally corrupt drama that sinks like a... you know.
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
April 12, 2002
From a helicopter's point-of-view, The Rock is just typical big American dumb fun. It's only when you look underneath at the film's underlying assumptions that you want to recoil.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 12, 2001
A popcorn-movie deluxe.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2001
Slick and forceful, largely unconcerned with character, eager for any opportunity to pump up the volume both literally and metaphorically, The Rock is the kind of efficient entertainment that is hard to take pleasure in.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
Producers Jerry Bruckheimer and the late Don Simpson have a highly-successful resume that includes Top Gun and Crimson Tide. The Rock will add more luster to that reputation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Hal Hinson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Ultimately, the movie deteriorates into a long commercial for the home-game version of itself.
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
January 1, 2000
When film more or less took over melodrama from the theater ninety years ago, it proudly provided real oceans instead of canvas waves rippled by stagehands; but the plots remained humbug ... The Rock is as ridiculous an example as one could want.
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
January 1, 2000
Pure why-not bravado, pumped-up and staggeringly dishonest but exciting just the same.
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
Excitement may be The Rock's selling point, but it has plenty more to offer than you bargained for.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Cage steals the show, adding a touch of wimpiness to the high-decibel bravado.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Mike Clark
USA Today
January 1, 2000
[A] 2 1/4-hour exercise in overkill.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
A first-rate, slam-bang action thriller with a lot of style and no little humor.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
June 7, 1996
Even in a movie that's all noise and bluster, Cage and Connery inject tasty bits of personality into their roles.
Full Review | Original Score: B-